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Nau mai, haere mai, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, kia orana, warm greetings

This is the first of our bi-weekly newsletters in a move to ensure we have a full newsletter each fortnight. We have found that our multiple means of social media have become the primary pathways that our community connect with the many activities that our students participate in.

We have had a very busy fortnight in and out of classroom, our students and staff never cease to surprise me with their energy and passion for the many activities we are involved in.

No two days are the same in a large human organisation that a school is, yesterday this was brilliantly demonstrated. Early yesterday morning I received the news that one of our Year 11 students, Joseph Ripley, performed an amazing heroic act. On his way to school he heard a lady screaming as her vehicle had accidentally ended up in the middle of the lake at Westlake Reserve. Joseph, without thinking twice, sprinted over to the lake’s edge and dived in, firstly assisting another teenager who was attempting to rescue the lady but fell into trouble keeping himself afloat, then going back into the water to assist the lady back to shore. Joseph then ran back to his house to get towels to keep everyone warm until rescue services arrived. I spoke to the first responders who told me of his amazing feats, and who have labelled this act as heroic. We are very proud of Joseph in this act of bravery and courage.

It is pleasing to see our senior students leading the way in working hard towards their aspirational NCEA goals. Next week, as a staff, we will gathering our Term 2 predicted grades and will in turn be providing this feedback to students and parents. Next Monday we have our parent-teacher afternoon/evening. This starts at 1.00pm and goes through to 8.00pm. These appointments can be booked via an email link that was sent out last week. We will post reports for all of our students tomorrow morning –  these will be emailed out to parents and will also be available on your parent portal.

On Tuesday we have our annual work day, as our students work to raise money for student led initiatives, details are enclosed in this newsletter. Over the years our students have felt empowered in deciding the use of the well-earned funds. We look forward to watching our students improve their experience.

Our sporting teams have continued to work hard through the winter term. It has been fantastic to see the way our boys continually support each other with so much passion win, lose, or draw. The 1st XV have what is there much anticipated game vs St Bedes this Saturday, we wish them the best of luck. Last night we joined with the St Bedes Community and Marist Albion community, in a joint fundraiser and warm-up to Saturdays event. It was a fantastic evening and a great night to have our Catholic Community come together as one.

Our 1st V basketball team have qualified for the top 6 championship round which is a great achievement given this is their first season in Division 1 in a number of years. Our 1st XI continue to move forward and have had a number of pleasing victories as they near the knockout phase, they are still unbeaten.

We look forward to a great celebration in a week’s time when we celebrate our Special Character Week. This is one of our most highly anticipated weeks where we celebrate what it means to be Catholic, through relationship, supporting those at the margins and through prayer as we celebrate mass.